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These are all the posts in the “anti-consumerism” category.

You may also be interested in the posts about frugal living as they’re often about cutting back and making do.


The other day, I had one of those slap-forehead moments – I realised it’s far too easy for me to buy stuff on Amazon and Paypal. It’s one of the things that sparked off my impromptu no-spend week. My credit card details are saved on both so I don’t even have to stand up and [...]

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I’ve decided to have an impromptu no-spend week this week. Well, actually, not a no-spend week – a no-spend fortnight-plus, until the end of the year. No spending days/weeks/months are an often promoted technique by frugal/anti-consumerism people but I’d never really done it before. Many of my days are no spend days, I probably have [...]

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Yesterday, our friend Strowger tweeted a link to this article by “essayist and programmer” Paul Graham about “stuff”. I would urge you to read it if you’ve got five minutes. If you haven’t got five minutes, the message is “stuff, clutter, is bad, m’kay?” but it says it somewhat better than that. It’s a topic [...]

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Last week, I wrote about how I cut our gas bill in half with just one phone call. Immediately after my phone call, I told a friend about the experience and he expressed surprise about how little gas we use – compared to him (he keeps records like I do) and compared to the national [...]

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Two of my geeky friends have bought next generation Kindles recently – Amazon’s new version of its ebook reader. The first friend lives in Belgium but Amazon only ship them to the UK and US, so the friend had his shipped here, and we sent it on. Because of a bit of a delivery hoohah [...]

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I went on a bit of a book buying spree one evening last week – a combination of Amazon new & used, and Abebooks. Unusually for me, all of the books were fiction – I think I’m subconsciously preparing for a winter of reading in front of the stove. Six packages arrived one morning – [...]

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